Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Best & Spookiest Halloween Cocktails in South Florida

It’s no trick that these drink treats are spookily good

Because the best cocktails are the ones that look as good as they taste, Halloween is one of the best cocktail times of the year. Try some local concoctions that are scary-good and bewitchingly beautiful, or horrible, or both. We wrote about some local Halloween fun events earlier, but this focuses on the liquid side of things. Have fun!

1000 North, 1000 U.S. 1, Jupiter; 561/570-1000; The Candy Corn cocktail (pictured above; $18) goes on sale today at this Jupiter venue, and is made with house-made, candy corn-infused vodka, blood orange, Aperol, lemon, lime, marshmallow simple syrup and egg white on an orange Jell-O base. With a spoon and a straw! Available Oct. 21 through Nov. 1. 

Cooper’s Hawk Halloween wine

Cooper’s Hawk, all locations, This restaurant/winery/tasting room chain is on top of things with offering a limited-edition Halloween wine ($39.99). It’s a Bordeaux-style blend and comes in a custom-etched bottle. Great for sipping between trick-or-treaters.

Miami-Dade County

Toro Toro Halloween cocktails

Toro Toro, InterContinental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; 305/372-4710; From Oct. 24 through Oct. 31, Toro Toro offers two Halloween cocktails, the Mike Wazowski ($13) with Absolut, St. Germain, lychee and lime; and the Black Magic Mule ($14) with Tito’s, blackberries, lime and ginger beer. 

Villa Azur’s Killer Gnome

Villa Azur, 309 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305/763-8688; There are so many amazing looking Halloween cocktails here that you will have trouble choosing one. We’re showing the Killer Gnome, with mezcal passionfruit sour, agave, citrus, egg whites, aromatized fresh mints and lavender dry iced tea in a copper gnome oozing out a dry ice fog! There’s also the Night at the Scary Movie, made with Grey Goose Vodka, Amaretto, salt, white pepper, and popcorn served in a retro popcorn scoop box; and The Violet, a witchy mix of apple brandy, grenadine, homemade blackberry shimmery liqueur and powdered dry ice. 

Lincoln Eatery’s Bloody Sip cocktail

Lincoln Eatery, 723 N. Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach This food hall has many good places to drink, but Cocktails At The Lincoln Eatery will have pop-up bars along Lincoln Road and inside the Eatery. The attention-getting Bloody Sip cocktail will lead to double-takes with this combo of Sipsmith London gin, vermouth and lime lime with blood (beets, hibiscus and ginger) over ice. Scary!

OLA Restaurant’s Vampire Margarita

OLA Restaurant, 2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 800/445-8667; The undead cocktail here is the Vampire Margarita, with frozen, blended watermelon, Reposado Tequila, agave, Chambord, lime juice with blood oranges for garnish.

Shooters Waterfront’s Wicked cocktail

Shooters Waterfront, 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954/566-2855; Offering the Wicked (pictured), with Svedka, Apple Pucker, simple syrup and lime. Also look for The Great Pumpkin (Tito’s, ginger beer, tangerine nectar) or the Jekyll & Hyde (Svedka, cranberry, pineapple, pomegranate juice). 

Myn-Tu’s Cacao Imperial Old Fashioned

Myn-Tu, 1905 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786/216-7790; Try the Cacao Imperial Old Fashioned, with Ron Barcelo Imperial, shaved chocolate, chocolate mole bitters, angostura bitters and sugar. 

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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